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Uncategorized   |   Jun 5, 2009

The fabled drawer of confiscation

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

The fabled drawer of confiscation

By Angela Watson

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I was cleaning out my desk drawers today and had to laugh at the variety of kid stuff that got tossed in this year. My rule is: If I catch you with a toy, it must immediately go in your backpack. If I see the toy again, it’s mine until a parent writes a note giving permission for you to have it again. What’s left in my drawer are those items that kids don’t want to tell their parents they had in school. Good grief, I could open a pawn shop in here. Can you tell that three-quarters of my students were boys?

And yes, that’s the quality of post I’m producing this week. If you want something deeper, check out What Does It Mean to Finish Well? over on my devotions site. I thought about calling it “Why I Always Feel Like an Inadequate Failure at the End of the Year and Can’t Decide If That Perspective Is Warranted or Not Oh God I’m a Total Wreck and Should Have My Teaching License Revoked”. The first title was more succinct, so I went with that.

Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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Discussion


  1. I LOVE your alternative titles to your post on your other site. You stole my words. It's always good to know I'm not alone with my thoughts- and I loved your post about finishing. Thanks again for such inspired writing!

  2. I love the Ikea pencil. In my first year, I would use those things when my students had purposefully broken all the other pencils. "Oh, your pencil got broken in half? Bummer. Here, use this."

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